So you may think, why would I wax my rails of my SUP board?  

Whitewater SUP paddlers taught me to wax the rails to add grip for grabbing the board in the water.  If you fall off in current, surf, or high winds or have a broken leash, the board may slip right by you.  Waxed rails allow you to grab the board vs having it slip through your hands.

If you have a thick race or touring board, it may be difficult to climb onto. Wax will allow you to grab the rail and climb on easier.

Some displacement hulled boards have a carved out deck with raised rails.  Usually the raised rails aren’t covered with traction pad.  Ever step on on and fall off?  It’s as slippery as ice.  Wax the raised rails and you’ll swim less.

Thanks to Adam at Leavenworth Mountain Sports for this tip.  They run the Wenatchee River in Class 2-3 on SUP all year. 

Slippery Deck?  
Some traction pads get slippery when wet or are worn out.  Wax your pad to add more traction.

Nose / Tail Waxing
Going surfing?  Most SUPs have traction pads only in the center of the board in the ‘standing area.’  But if you want to walk to the nose to raise your tail/fin to ride that wave a little longer, you’ll need to wax the nose.

Instructors Tip:  
I wax my instruction boards from nose to tail to help students walk all over the board to work on balance.  I have them walk to the nose then back the tail.  Placing a flat blade on the water at their side makes this a lot more stable.

What type of Wax to use?  Surfing wax. This provides traction whereas skiing wax is slippery.

Salmon Bay Paddle SUP Tips

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